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Harkless got better as the season went on and resulted in him starting every playoff game for the Blazers last post-season. He was a restricted free agent and was in no danger of signing elsewhere. Him remaining with the team only deepens an already solid roster in Portland.
The deal was agreed to in principle back on July 1st but now that all of the contract language has been sorted out, it has been officially announced. Last season, Beal battled injuries but still put up good stats in the games he managed to play.
It was clear last season that he was at the end of the line as he played just 15 minutes a game in 52 games played for the Heat. He did however sign a ceremonial contract with the Knicks prior to announcing this decision so as to retire a member of the Knicks. He was dominant in his prime but injuries plagued him in the twilight of his career. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
If he stops taking them, he should be able to play. It's unlikely that he'll be able to play a contact sport while on them, though, as this can potentially be a huge issue. It's very possible Bosh takes this issue to the NBA player's union if he and the Heat can't come to some sort of an agreement. Bosh still has plenty left in the tank and it'd be a shame to see him forced into an early retirement due to health problems. Stay tuned.
Varejao proved to be a quality defender, and excellent flopper, for Golden State last season and he will likely occupy a similar role this season. He isn't much of an offensive force, but he is a quality hustle player who can get those 50-50 balls. Once again, the guy is a great flopper.
Calathes wasn't in the NBA last season, but given his career numbers, that really isn't a surprise. For his career, he's averaging 4.6 points, 2.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. Even if the Kings ink him to a deal, he won't be relevant in any fantasy format.
Well, all of this sure isn't going to help Rice's case of being picked up by a team before the season. These are pretty serious charges and the fact that he's been in trouble before isn't helping anything either. Remember that he was shot in the leg outside of an Atlanta nightclub last October.
Well, that was a short lived career considering he played just one year in The Association, but he must have wanted to end on top, as he captured an NBA title with the Cavs in his one season. Sure he wasn't an integral player on the team by any stretch of the imagination, but he can always make more money overseas, or he can just ride off into the sunset at the still very young age of 31.
While Payne has been hampered by this injured fifth metatarsal in his foot since mid-March, he surprisingly played very well through it and even managed to be the high scorer during the Summer League just this past month. Considering how he managed to play through it for all of this time, he will almost certainly be ready to go for the beginning of the season come late-October.
The beauty of winning a title, as Lue was largely mediocre at best for most of his first foray into the head coaching world. He did do an excellent job in the Finals, which is where it counts the most, but his acumen will not truly be realized until LeBron leaves or calls it a career (See: Erik Spoelstra).